Saturday, June 9, 2012

PTPTN Plays Politics

Earlier yesterday, PTPTN too had confirmed that newly enrolled students at the Selangor Islamic University College (Kuis) were to join those in Unisel in being denied student loans. PTPTN chairperson Ismail Mohamed Said said: “The reasons are the same as that for Unisel”. It is obvious why because Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Selangor International Islamic University College (Kuis) are state-owned tertiary institutions – so this move was aimed to show Selangor and the rest of the country that UMNO still call the shots and that they are not ashamed to use PTPTN to punish the PR government in the said state.

In demonstrating how morally bankrupt UMNO is, they were even prepared to thumb their noses at students. The irony is that most, if not all, of the affected students are Malays, the very people whose interests UMNO professes to protect!

Then just as quickly, PTPTN made a 360-degree about-turn and decided to un-freeze the student loans after it continuously drew heavy fire from PR politicians who were then belatedly joined by some BN baby-kissers who feared a political backlash. The latter, too knew it was UMNO's doing.

But the misdeed is already done and there will be many in Selangor who will not forget this!

I went to Pusat Bandar Damansara to attend the HELP Toastmasters meeting. The turnout was greatly helped by Toastmasters from other clubs, i.e. Taylor’s, Sunway University, Taman Indrahana, DKC and MidValley, since most of the HELP members could not make it to this meeting because they were preparing for their exams. There were only two project speeches and they were quite good. So were the evaluations. On my part, I took up the role of Table Topics Evaluator. Still, it was a decent meeting overall. A score of a 5 out of a 10.

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